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At-Risk Youth Taking Part in ‘Circus and Magic’

March 29, 2011 6:48 AM | Entertainment

By Sarah Klein

It’s the second official day of spring break and more than 250 at-risk kids are spending their free time by clowning around.

Children are participating in the Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.) at Gordon Bell High School this week.

C.A.M.P. — now in its 15th year — is an artistic intervention project under the guidance of the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival. Each child learns to become a well-rounded variety performer, using materials like stilts, unicycles, tight wires, and magic and juggling supplies.

The purpose of the project is to give at-risk youth a positive and proactive arts and education experience.

Children aged 10 to 14-years-old were selected to take part in partnership with school guidance counsellors, the Winnipeg Police Service, social service agencies, and inner-city drop-in and resource centres.

C.A.M.P. runs until Friday, April 1.